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The Japanese occupied Saipan for 30 years. In this time they built towns and had a successful sugar industry. When Japan pulled out of the League of Nations in 1935 they began to fortify all of Saipan preparing for a battle in a war that had yet to begin. June 15, 1944 the battle for Saipan began and within a month, what Japan spent three decades to create, lay in rubble.

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I have lived in Saipan since 1996 and enjoy learning about the amazing history of this island. This is a collection photographs that I believe to be public domain. If you have rights to a photograph on this website and wish for me to remove it or if you would like to add a photograph to the collection, please let me know. Thank you. ewjohnson@pticom.com